Brown Talks 'Fallacy Of The Polls'

<B>Mack Brown </B>said Sunday he never knows where Texas is in the weekly national rankings until someone tells him. On Monday, Brown was savvy enough about Associated Press voter's choices this week to declare that Washington State&#146;s leapfrogging of Texas from the No. 5 to the No. 3 spot &quot;shows the fallacy of the polls.&quot;

Texas remained at No. 4 in the AP poll (a spot it now shares with Oklahoma) that is determined by a panel of 74 sports writers and broadcasters. The Horns inched up to No.3 in the ESPN/USA Today (Coaches) poll following the most merciful 41-point pounding of an utterly out-manned football team you will ever witness.

"Washington State leaps over us when we won by 41," Brown said. "They lost to a Top 10 team (Ohio State) and we lost to a Top 10 team (OU). The Coaches’ Poll has holes in it and the writers poll has holes in it."

Even the BCS’ computer rankings are not as objective as one might think, Brown intimated (seven computer polls are used in the BCS rankings in which the lowest score is discounted).

"Computer polls are too regional," Brown said. "We need to clean it up."

Last week, Brown championed the idea of seeding the top eight BCS teams as a means toward a playoff, but added that university presidents would never support the idea.

Brown is also knowledgeable enough about the polls that he good-naturedly chided Austin American-Statesmen columnist Kirk Bohls for ranking OU ahead of Texas in the AP rankings.

"Just two votes made the difference (between Texas moving up to No. 3 in the AP)," Brown said, "and one of them (votes) was local."


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